ERIC Number: ED438615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Management Review of Commonwealth Charter Schools.
Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General, Boston.
This report focuses on the business operations of 24 charter schools in Massachusetts. The legislation authorizing the establishment of public charter-school in Massachusetts stipulated that a study of these schools' operations, practices, and activities must be conducted. The information gathered in the review came from the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE), charter- school records, and interviews with officials of the DOE's charter-school office. To date, charter-school business operations have received little scrutiny, with the bulk of assessment being directed at educational effectiveness. The 24 schools in this review were granted charters between 1994 and 1996, and consisted of seven elementary schools, five combined elementary-middle schools, five middle schools, six high schools, and one school serving students in K-12. The report's 17 central findings highlight weaknesses that could undermine charter schools' ability to achieve their educational objectives. These are in the areas of contracting practices, internal controls, and procurement procedures. The report's recommendations are aimed at strengthening the Massachusetts charter-school initiative, increasing charter-school accountability, and protecting the public's investment in charter schools. The analysis focuses on contracts with private management contractors, conflict of interest, loans, financial management and oversight, procurement procedures, and facility leasing. Two appendices contain the DOE's response and a list of 26 resources. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts